C H A P T E R  9

Using SunVTS Diagnostic Software

This chapter contains information about the SunVTStrademark diagnostic software tool.

This chapter includes the following topics:

About SunVTS Diagnostic Software

Sun Fire X4540 servers are shipped with a Bootable Diagnostics CD that contains SunVTS (Validation Test Suite) software.

SunVTS provides a comprehensive diagnostic tool that tests and validates Sun hardware by verifying the connectivity and functionality of most hardware controllers and devices on Sun platforms. SunVTS software can be tailored with modifiable test instances and processor affinity features.

The following tests are supported on x86 platforms. The current x86 support is for the 32-bit operating system only.

Accessing SunVTS

SunVTS software has a graphical user interface (GUI) that provides test configuration and status monitoring. The user interface can be run on one system to display the SunVTS testing of another system on the network. SunVTS software also provides a TTY-mode interface for situations in which running a GUI is not possible.

SunVTS Documentation

For the most up-to-date SunVTS documentation, go to:


Running SunVTS Diagnostic Tests

Using the Bootable Diagnostics CD

Use the Bootable Diagnostics CD to diagnose server problems. This CD is designed so that the server will boot from the CD. This CD boots the Solaristrademark operating system and starts SunVTS software. Diagnostic tests run and write output to log files that the service technician can use to determine the problem with the server.

SunVTS 7.0 or later software is preinstalled on these Sun Fire X4540 servers. The server is also shipped with the Sun Fire X4540 Server Bootable Diagnostics CD (Part number 705-1439).

SunVTS Log Files

SunVTS provides access to four different log files:


To use the Sun Fire X4540 Server Bootable Diagnostics CD, you must have a USB CD-ROM drive, keyboard, mouse, and monitor attached to the server on which you are performing diagnostics.

Using the Bootable Diagnostics CD

To use the Sun Fire X4540 Server Bootable Diagnostics CD to perform diagnostics:

1. Install the USB CD-ROM drive into the Sun Fire X4540 Server.

2. With the server powered on, insert the Sun Fire X4540 Server Bootable Diagnostics CD (705-1439) into the DVD-ROM drive.

3. Reboot the server, but press F2 during the start of reboot so that you can change the BIOS setting for boot-device priority.

4. When the BIOS Main menu appears, navigate to the BIOS Boot menu.

Instructions for navigating within the BIOS screens are printed on the BIOS screens.

5. On the BIOS Boot menu screen, select Boot Device Priority.

The Boot Device Priority screen appears.

6. Select the DVD-ROM drive to be the primary boot device.

7. Save and exit the BIOS screens.

8. Reboot the server.

When the server reboots from the CD in the DVD-ROM drive, the Solaris Operating System boots and SunVTS software starts and opens its first GUI window.

9. In the SunVTS GUI, press Enter or click the Start button when you are prompted to start the tests.

The test suite will run until it encounters an error or the test is completed.

Note - The CD will take approximately nine minutes to boot.

10. When SunVTS software completes the test, review the log files generated during the test.

Reviewing SunVTS Log Files

1. Click the Log button.

The Log file window is displayed.

2. Specify the log file that you want to view by selecting it from the Log File window.

The content of the selected log file is displayed in the window.

3. Choose the following actions from the three lower buttons:

Note - To save the log files: You must save the log files to another networked system or a removable media device. When you use the Bootable Diagnostics CD, the server boots from the CD. Therefore, the test log files are not on the server’s hard disk drive and they will be deleted when you power cycle the server.